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WHILE I WAS AWAY, a YCS took place over in Toronto, Canada, on the very first day of the new September 2012 Forbidden & Limited List's legality. Unsurprisingly, the better deckbuilders and doolists were sure to have the advantage at the event, making good use of their talents to define the meta and run circles around the sheep that would be sure to follow.
Online discussions and articles posted prior to the event had already reached a consensus as to what the better decks to play at the event would be, though it would be up to a competent player to use it / them effectively.
There were a total of 799 doolists in attendance, but there could only be one champion! Who would get their game on and become a Yugioh Master?
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The Top 32 Cut
Courtesy of Konami's official coverage (however lacking it may be), online forums, and youtube (Underworld 6667), listed below is the STILL INCOMPLETE breakdown of the Top 32 players and their decks.
Please help fill in the blanks!
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Wind Ups were heralded to be the best deck for the event despite losing 2 Zenmaity (no big deal), as it transitioned from an XYZ-focused deck that could conduct an unfair hand loop to an all-out XYZ-focused deck that could churn out control aspects.
Despite the prevalance of Maxx "C"s, Thunder Kings, and other various hate cards (Gozen Match, Rivalry of Warlords, etc), the deck still managed to conduct an impressive showing. Best deck.
As for Geargias, the deck made its presence known upon its first event after its release, taking up (at least) 4 spots in the Top 32. They are still missing some support cards though, due for release in the next set. Still, it was not a bad showing, as the other new themes in Return of the Duelist, being Madolche and Prophecy, did absolutely nothing.
Other talented doolists who represented the deck but failed to Top were Billy Brake, Lazaro Bellido, and Samuel Pedigo.
I'm a bit surprised that Plants managed to make it in. I certainly like Plant Synchro, but I didn't think that it was powerful enough to carry through 8 rounds of play to head into the Top Cut. Other rogue picks like Chaos Dragons and Frog Monarchs bubbled out, which is somewhat disappointing, but does happen.
Overall, the meta remained relatively constant carrying over from last format, with the notable absences of Inzektors and Chaos Dragons. Given that Chaos Dragons bubbled out though, it can still be perceived as a threat, and shouldn't be ridiculed and written off as garbage after it lost Future Fusion (a win more card anyway), 2 Chaos Sorcerers, and 1 REDMD.
As such, I'm not so sure if this format will be as great as some people are making it out to be. The game is still pretty fast paced, but at the very least, unfair hand discard loops have more or less been eliminated, and one will no longer be punished by Inzektors just because he or she committed a card to the field and didn't have Effect Veiler.
Next up is YCS Sheffield (I think), but it has long been confirmed to be a Sealed Event with Battle Packs, so while it will certainly test and reward the deckbuilding abilities of those present, it will obviously have absolutely no impact whatsoever on the development of the format.